The 2017 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has finally been unveiled, and true to the teasers, this SUV is clearly inspired by the iconic Eclipse coupe of old. The new SUV will sit between the ASX and Outlander.
Largely based on the XR-PHEV II, the Eclipse Cross is quite the looker. It measures 4,405mm long, 1,805mm wide and 1,685mm tall. Compared to the ASX, the Eclipse Cross is 110mm longer, 35mm wider and 60mm taller, although both cars share the same wheelbase length of 2,670mm.
It wears Mitsubishi’s new Dynamic Shield design, with the fascia now flanking LED headlights, just like the Outlander. The tail design is somewhat controversial, and spanning across the rear windscreen is a single LED bar. The high gloss red metallic paint is also specially formulated for the Eclipse Cross.
Inside is a familiar cabin, adorned with clean lines that looks a mile better than the Outlander’s. Affixed to the top of the dashboard is an 8-inch infotainment screen supporting Smartphone Link Display Audio. Also making its debut here is a heads-up display.
Two choices of engines are available here, starting with a new 1.5-litre direct-injected turbocharged petrol engine that’s paired with an eight-speed CVT transmission. The other mill is Mitsubishi’s tried and tested 2.2-litre turbodiesel lump that’s mated with a new eight-speed slushbox. No output numbers have been unveiled for now. The Eclipse Cross is offered with all-wheel drive only.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be available for public viewing at the Geneva Motor Show, with sales commencing in 2018.